Logano to start 2nd Non-Chase for the Sprint Cup driver Jamie McMurray will start from the front of the pack for the second time this season, topping Coors Light Pole Qualifying at Martinsville Speedway on Friday evening. McMurray, who earned the pole earlier this year at Sonoma Raceway, paced the second session of qualifying with a best speed of 99.905 mph. Team Penske's Joey Logano will start alongside McMurray on front row, pulling in with a speed of 99.605.
by Dave Grayson It's not an industry secret that NASCAR's television partners are not exactly thrilled with the television rating numbers generated from this season's broadcasts of the Sprint Cup Series. Despite the added excitement of a revamped Sprint Cup Chase For The Championship, the viewer numbers have repeatedly declined from the same event the year before. One would have thought that Talladega would have been a major exception. After all, it's the Talladega Super Speedway the home of the big one, the speedway where anything can happen on a second's notice and often does.
by Dave Grayson For driver Timothy Peters, and his Red Horse Racing team, the 2014 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series' season has been rather frustrating. It was a trend that often saw race weekends filled with a high level of potential turn into race weekends that were consumed by bad luck. That situation took a turn for the better during a weekend in Alabama where Peters finally returned to victory land after winning the Fred's 250, powered by Coca Cola, at the Talladega Super Speedway.
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski lived to race another day as he took the checkered flag in a thrilling three-lap overtime finish in Sunday's GEICO 500 at Talladega Speedway to advance to the next round of the championship battle in the final event of the three-race Contender Round in the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Keselowski held off a furious charge from Ryan Newman and Matt Kenseth.
NASCAR at Talladega Brian Vickers roared to the Coors Light Pole Award on Saturday afternoon, working the aerodynamic draft to great effect during a qualifying session full of surprises at Talladega Superspeedway. Vickers, driving the Michael Waltrip Racing No. 55 Toyota to a fast lap of 196.129 mph, will start first in Sunday's GEICO 500 (2 p.m. ET, ESPN), the sixth race of the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup playoffs and the finale of the three-race Contender Round. After Sunday's race, four drivers will be eliminated from the field of title-eligible drivers, leaving just eight remaining in the championship hunt.
by Brian C. Mackey It's that time of year again. You know, the changing fall colors, the cooling air, pumpkins and most of all, we're deep in the sponsor hunting season of the fourth quarter. In reality, the search for sponsors is all year long, but this time of year is reserved for the most concentrated effort. But just like the seasons seem to be a little out of kilter, in recent years so has the sponsorship story. I used to think motorsports was at a crossroads. I don't think that way anymore.
Will Stewart's most recent hot-head action haunt him?
by Dave Grayson We all saw the post melee at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Brad Keselowski expressed post race anger, on pit road, towards Denny Hamlin and Matt Kenseth. Hamlin did his best to get his hands on Keselowski while, Kenseth actually managed to find his source of anger in the garage and launched a free for all that required the efforts of a large crowd of officials and crew members to separate the two drivers.
by Pete McCole Harvick punched his ticket to the next round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with a win in Saturday night's Bank of America 500 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Harvick beat out Jeff Gordon in a green-white-checker finish to collect his third win of the season and earn an automatic berth into the eight-driver Eliminator round of the Chase. Jamie McMurray came home third, followed by Joey Logano and Kyle Busch.
by Pete McCole Brad Keselowski rebounded from an early tire issue to score his fourth NASCAR Nationwide win of the season in Friday night's Drive For The Cure 300 at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Keselowski passed his teammate Ryan Blaney with 13 laps to go and sailed to the finish ahead of fellow Sprint Cup drivers Kyle Busch and Matt Kenseth for his 31st Nationwide Series win and his ninth-straight top five finish in his nine starts so far this season. Blaney held on for fourth, followed by Kyle Larson.
by Pete McCole Kyle Busch captured the pole for Saturday's Bank of America 500 on a record-breaking night of qualifying at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Thursday night that saw the fastest lap on a mile-and-a-half track in NASCAR history. Busch stood atop the leaderboard at the end of the third round of knockout qualifying with a lap of 197.390 mph to notch his third pole of the season
by Dave Grayson Considering the fact that the NASCAR weekend at the Kansas Speedway was the beginning of round two of the Chase elimination process, one would have speculated that the television ratings would have been somewhat of a numbers windfall. Unfortunately, that was not the case. According to Nielson Media, who has been tracking television ratings numbers for decades, the ratings for ESPN's live broadcast of the October 5th Sprint Cup race at Kansas were a disappointment.
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